What is TMJ Dysfunction?


Dr. Michael Reece has helped headache sufferers in his Bryan, Texas dental office for years. Headaches, especially combined with face, neck or jaw pain, often indicate a pain source other than your head. The temporomandibular joints, these little, triangular-shaped joints immediately in front of your ears, can cause a host of problems when even slightly misaligned.

Clenching or grinding your teeth at night inflames the nerves and muscles associated with the temporomandibular joints. A poor bite, called a malocclusion, can also place undue stress on TMJ, causing facial muscles to strain in order to hold the jaw. This, in turn, can stimulate stress in the head, neck and shoulder muscles. The truth is that these tiny joints- some of the smallest in your body-take more pressure and stress than any other joints. You can read more about TMJ dysfunction in our patient library.

Because TMJ dysfunction is so common, Dr. Reece screens every patient for the disorder. If he finds that you do, indeed, have TMJ dysfunction, he will work with you to structure a treatment plan that may include a combination of non-surgical TMJ therapy solutions to relieve your pain. Through the latest advances neuromuscular dentistry, he will determine whether your problem stems from a bad bite. If so, Dr. Reece will introduce a two-part treatment system that begins with a convenient oral appliance, called an orthotic, which will allow your jaw to align into proper position. Next, depending on your situation, Dr. Reece may recommend bite restructuring, either through orthodontia or teeth restorations, like crowns.

Through years of dedication to continuing studies, Dr. Reece has stayed abreast of changing dental technology and current research on TMJ dysfunction and related headaches. You deserve relief. If headaches or other TMJ dysfunction symptoms keep you from living your life to the fullest, call our office in Bryan, Texas, today.